Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the BHA, has made the following statement regarding British Racing’s 2016 Fixture List:
“2016 will be a year of consolidation for the Fixture List, rather than fundamental change. A number of issues need to be resolved and clarified before step changes are made.
“Over the next year will see the conclusion of the Jump Racing Review, progress towards the switch to a ‘Racing Right’ funding mechanism, and development of the Strategy for Growth under which the industry is coming together to facilitate change. In this context it makes little sense, and there is little scope, to attempt to make wholesale changes to the racing calendar at this time, and what we will publish tomorrow reflects that.
“We have consulted with all the relevant stakeholders to optimise last year’s Fixture List where possible. Some of the geographical clashes which have been a feature in recent years have been addressed, and we are grateful to the racecourses, in particular to Arena Racecourse Company and Jockey Club Racecourses, for their help in solving these issues.
“We are pleased to be able to publish the Fixture List earlier than in recent years to allow our customers to plan accordingly. Racecourses can determine budgets and market their 2016 calendar, the Programme Book can be published earlier for the benefit of horsemen, and the racing public can organise their days out.
“Running fixtures is the most obvious avenue of stimulating commercial activity and therefore revenues for the sport. The eleven extra fixtures compared to 2015 include an increased number of successful applications for self-funded fixtures, and the nuances of the calendar year meaning a greater number of criteria slots to be filled.
“However, at the same time we have at front of mind the challenges we face over the horse population’s ability to meet the demands of the race programme together with the immediate implications of potential reductions to the sport’s funding.”
Headline elements of the 2016 Fixture List, which will be published in detail tomorrow, are as follows (with 2015 figures in brackets):
There will be 1,482 (1471) fixtures
The proportion of All Weather fixtures has remained broadly consistent.
- 40% (40%) of fixtures are Jump;
- 38.7% (39.1%) are Flat Turf and
- 21.3% (20.9%) All Weather.
- 1,219 racecourse fixtures,
- 198 BHA Fixtures,
- 13-self-funded fixtures, and
- 52 Enterprise/Other Fixtures.